Nov. 15, 2009

Courtesy of Franklin Pierce

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (November 15, 2009) – The 20th-ranked Franklin Pierce University women’s soccer team downed Bridgeport, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon to advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament East Region Championship game. The third-seeded Ravens (18-4-1) will face top-seeded Saint Rose (23-0-0) on Friday in Albany, N.Y. for the right to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals.

The Ravens got a pair of goals each from junior forward Angelika Johansson (Falkenberg, Sweden) and senior midfielder Gabriela Demoner (Vitoria, Brazil).

In addition to the goal scoring, Franklin Pierce received valuable goalkeeping from sophomore Jocelyn Leon (Lennox, Mass.) as she made nine saves to preserve the win. Leon raised her record to 13-2-0 on the season.

Franklin Pierce went on top 1-0 in the 21st minute with a goal from Johansson. Shona Franklin (Birmingham, England) fed a pass to Johansson in the middle, where she responded by blasting a shot past the Bridgeport goalkeeper.

Demoner put the Ravens up by a score of 2-0 in the 25th minute as her tally would prove to be the game-winner on the afternoon. She scored the goal off a free kick and was assisted by Kelly Weygand (Bridgewater, Mass.).

Franklin also assisted on Johansson’s second goal of the game, which came in the 53rd minute and made it 3-0 Ravens. Franklin slipped a pass to Johansson who sent it past the goalkeeper in the lower-right corner of the net. The goals were the 19th and 20th of the season for Johansson, who was named to the Northeast-10 First-Team two weeks ago.

After the Purple Knights scored to make it 3-1, Demoner officially put the match out of reach in the 80th minute with a goal that came unassisted as she dribbled through the Bridgeport defense and blew it past the goalkeeper. The goals were the 31st and 32nd of the season for the 2009 Northeast-10 Player of the Year.

The Ravens will face Saint Rose this upcoming Friday for the third time this season. Saint Rose has won the previous two matches, including a 2-1 triumph last week in the conference championship game.

For more information on Franklin Pierce women’s soccer, please visit the team’s page at athletics.franklinpierce.edu(.)